American Overseas Airlines Douglas DC-4
NC90906 (c/n 27310)
Immediately following WW II American Export
Airlines was granted wide new overseas routes
Pan Am's protestations). These included the whole of northern
Europe above the 50th
parallel. However, despite receiving these awards the airline
nevertheless agreed to merge with
Airlines Inc. (Transatlantic Division) and thus American Overseas
Airlines was born on
1945. Initial transatlantic flights were made with DC-4s.
For some reason, photo-
graphs of AOA aircraft are extremely difficult to come by.
The poor image above came from an
Airlines pamphlet acquired by my father at one of their booking offices
in London just
after WW II. It shows "Flagship
Copenhagen" receiving treatment at Gander, in Newfoundland.
someone with access to American Airlines archives could send me a
decent scan from an original
print I would
be ecstatic to substitute it). Anyway, AOA's main route at that
time was from La
London via stops at Gander and Shannon in Ireland. The piston
engined airliners of the
day did not
have the range to make the transatlantic crossing without refueling.